Gear

My Half Ounce Windscreen

My Half Ounce Windscreen

AT Cook Set I start my AT thru-hike attempt in about three weeks and am mostly ready. This means, though, I have 21 days to obsess and tweak. My latest...

Feb 27, 2024 : Jeff McCorkle
Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

New Year, New Trail After a year away from thru-hiking, it's time to get back onto the trail. Since immersing myself in thru-hiking culture in 2017, it's been a significant...

Feb 26, 2024 : Thomas Allie
Top Stoves, Filters, Rain Gear, and More on the Appalachian Trail: 2023 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Stoves, Filters, Rain Gear, and More on the Appalachian Trail: 2023 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the stoves and water filters they used on their 2023 thru-hike. This year we...

Feb 20, 2024 : Kate Richard
Rockin’ in the Bedrocks: Long Distance Hiking in Sandals

Rockin’ in the Bedrocks: Long Distance Hiking in Sandals

Importance of Footwear Selecting the right footwear for the trail is undoubtedly one of the most crucial decisions a hiker can make. The wrong shoes can significantly hinder your hike,...

Feb 13, 2024 : Thomas Allie
The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2023 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2023 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at the Trek, we ask hikers on the Appalachian Trail all about what sleeping systems they used on their hike. In this installment, we'll cover the type...

Jan 25, 2024 : Kate Richard
Essential Gear for a 4,400-Mile Thru-Hike

Essential Gear for a 4,400-Mile Thru-Hike

Embarking on a thru-hike is no small feat. While the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail have secured their place as two of the most popular long-distance trails in the...

Jan 19, 2024 : Kendra Slagter
Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2023 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2023 Thru-Hiker Survey

This installment of the 2023 Appalachian Trail survey covers shelters of all kinds. We'll discuss the types of shelters used, the type and size chosen based on hiking companions, and...

Jan 11, 2024 : Kate Richard
11 AT and PCT Thru-Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear

11 AT and PCT Thru-Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear

As the 2023 thru-hiking season draws to a close, we’ve asked our Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail finishers to share which gear items became their favorites during their journeys....

Dec 11, 2023 : Diane Duffard
You Show Me Your Appalachian Trail Gear and  I’ll Show You Mine

You Show Me Your Appalachian Trail Gear and I’ll Show You Mine

Winter Start on the Appalachian Trail Considerations After an abundance of advice and research I think my base pack is ready for a winter start. Knowing that nature will do...

Dec 2, 2023 : Charles Gutierrez
Broken on the AT: Gear That Breaks At 2,000 Miles (And The Gear That Doesn’t)

Broken on the AT: Gear That Breaks At 2,000 Miles (And The Gear That Doesn’t)

The Appalachian Trail is a rugged trail and is hard on gear. Here are the things that you might expect to get broken on the AT.

Oct 23, 2023 : Abby Evans